Do you know what to do if you happen upon an alligator? Me either! Besides being freaked out, I wouldn’t know how to handle it. Larry Lynch and David Moynahan actually went out looking for alligators – at night! Why did they do that, you ask? They are photographers, and they wanted to get photos. They pictures they came back with are just awesome!
Larry won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the year for the first one, called “Warning Night Light.” He was able to catch the alligator in the swamps of Myakka River State Park in Florida.
All Larry was really thinking when was that he needed the best picture he could get and then get out! He had to deal with the heat, mosquitos, humidity, and a couple inches of black mud – but he did get a great photo!
Don’t you think so? David also went to Myakka River State Park and wow, did he find some alligators! The extra sparkle in this photo is that a light misty rain started and the flash lit the droplets up (and the eyes of the alligators too.
So, back to that original question, if you run into an alligator, the experts all agree that you should keep your distance. If you stumble upon one – then your best chance is to run.
All you need is about 20 – 30 feet of distance. The alligator won’t run after you. You can also make noise – alligators usually avoid people the more noise, the better.